Equisol 2015 in Costa Rica was truly an amazing trip, only made possible by founders Heidi and Carrie (and their wonderful family and staff!).This trip was not something I would normally treat myself to, but I am SO glad I did. It was a blissful week of yoga, horses, beautiful surroundings and delicious, healthy food. This was definitely one of the most unique travel experiences I have had, and to share it with such fantastic women was a plus! Margaret is a phenomenal and compassionate instructor, who led us through our daily yoga practice. I would most certainly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a getaway to refresh the mind, body and soul.
“How Dreams are Made” - Jennifer M.
A yoga retreat in Costa Rica has been at the top of my short list for a long time. I finally decided to make the plunge when a friend of mine introduced me to Equisol. Well, Heidi and Carrie, the founders/owners of this top-notch company, did not disappoint. The accommodations were stunning and the food was delicious! I have some food restrictions and the chef worked to provide me delicious and beautiful food that I could eat. They did everything I could have imagined to make my first time visiting this amazing country better than my daydreams!
“Horses and Yoga in Paradise” - K. Flores
I just returned from my first Equisol retreat in conjunction with Big Sky Yoga Retreats. What can I say, this is a must visit retreat. If you love horses, yoga and meeting incredible people then I would highly recommend this trip. Heidi and Carrie are wonderful hosts and each bring unique talent and spirit to their retreats. Carrie is simply amazing and you will learn so much about horses, starting with how to "think like a horse." The riding and scenery is pure magic....if you like pristine beaches and jungle reserves well you are in luck! The Austria Finca is equally incredible with incredible views, a world class chef and friendly staff! Heidi is so accommodating and can help with all logistics-- oh and did I mention she is an awesome yoga teacher-- get ready to sweat! If you want to visit the magical Costa Rica, than you should absolutely check out Equisol-- Pura Vida!
“More than I could have imagined!!!” - Lori F.
Wow!! Still in post-vacay bliss 2 weeks later!! This was a very special, life changing adventure!!I was in the first Equisol / Big Sky Yoga horses + yoga + beauty + amazing women + laughter extravaganza!! : )The whole experience was spectacular!! I travel lots & I'm a Big Sky Yoga Retreat Addict, but this adventure exceeded all my expectations.You don't feel that you are visiting a tourist destination like when enjoying Mexico or Hawaii!! The agenda that Carrie, Heidi & Margaret have put together really allows you to feel you are fully experiencing the culture & people & country of Costa Rica!! The horses & yoga are top notch!! Finca Austria is lovely!! The add-on adventures were wonderful ~ I chose zip lining & stand-up paddle boarding!! Unbelievable sunsets & beaches! Montana-like star gazing! Monkeys, sea turtles, birds, bugs, & beautiful people!! I am so grateful that I was able to do this ~ I will carry it with me always!! Oh & great food, beer, wine, & beachy cocktails at local beach joints!! Off to put my deposit in for Cowgirl Yoginis in Costa Rica 2016 & get my Pura Vida tattoo!! <3
“Incredible!” - L. Levine
This was an absolute dream. I felt welcome and at home from the moment I stepped off the plane. I recently went on an Equisol retreat through Big Sky Yoga and had the time of my life. Heidi and Carrie have an amazing set up. The food- delicious! The horses- gentle and gorgeous. The house- beautiful. Every person there from the Finca Austria house, stables, and pastures to Playa Ponies were more than helpful and kind. There wasn't a moment I felt unsafe or unwelcome. I would return every year if I could and definitely plan to return in the future.
“Pura vida” - Ariana T.
Just got back from my first Costa Rican retreat hosted by Equisol and I CANNOT say enough about how wonderful of an experience it was; from the moment they greet you upon arrival to the moment you leave, these humble hosts do everything in their power to foster a relaxing and disarming atmosphere of self-discovery and adventure! The luxury accommodations, the beautiful stables, their amazing staff...not to mention the natural beauty of the area truly makes it the getaway of a lifetime. Would go back in a heartbeat!
“Friends, fun, and fabulous horses!” - Nicole R.
I recently experienced my first Equisol retreat through Big Sky Yoga Retreats' first international trip. What a week! Carrie and Heidi treat you like family and do everything they can to make sure you have the vacation of a lifetime. From scheduling day-trips to zipline, paddleboard, tour the monkey sanctuary, or ensuring you had a delicious vegetarian lunch if you just want to relax by the infinity pool, these ladies make you priority #1!
“A Week In Heaven!!” - Anne E.
Palm Coast, FL
Horseback riding with wonderful horses, lessons, scenic trail rides over rivers, through the mountains, and on the beach! Spent a week on a retreat run by these local professionals who provided us with the best accommodations, an amazing chef, tours of the most entertaining and delicious local restaurants, beaches, and attractions like zip lining, stand up paddle boarding, and more! Thank you Carrie and Heidi for one of the best vacations of my life!! You welcomed us like family and I hope to someday visit with you again.
“Lifechanging experience” - Elle N.
Los Angeles, CA
My time horseback riding with Equisol in Nosara will stay with me forever. Costa Rica is such an incredibly beautiful country and to see a lot of Nosara from horseback was amazing. Beach rides, moonlight trails, jungle trails, waterfall swimming, riding through reserves and through villages and towns, our horses kept us safe. We rode out with Carrie and Heidi on multiple occasions on our week there and each time was better than the last. They take great care of their horses - they are well fed, watered and adequately rested - which was important to me. I felt safe as the horses have training in them and Carrie taught us emergency stops and emergency dismounts, should anything go wrong (which it didn't) but I appreciated the attention to safety. Heidi is an amazing yoga instructor and I took some of her yoga classes - she will not disappoint. Over all, I would say that my experience in Costa Rica with Equisol fulfilled a great deal of my bucket list items and I would definitely go back.
“Awesome!” - Christy C.
Incredible location. Fantastic, knowledgeable, and generous hosts. Wonderful, well loved horses. Really unique riding experiences through local towns and to the most beautiful beaches. The absolute best yoga. Delicious food. Stunning views. Wildlife galore - we got to see Howler monkeys, various lizards, and more birds than I could keep track of on a daily basis. 100% recommend! Carrie & Heidi, thank you! I can't wait to come back.